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Giving thanks for the life of Olwen Grey 1917 – 2015


Within our church and village we give thanks for the life of Olwen Gray, the oldest member of our church, who died on 28 December 2015 aged 98. A Service of Celebration was held at the Church on Monday 11 January 2016, led by Rev. Colin Mark, at which Colin gave this tribute to Olwen:

Olwen was born in Liverpool on 27th December 1917 and attended Arnott Street School.  After leaving school she worked at Jacobs Bakery as a wedding cake decorator.  She met Fred at Southport and moved to Middlesex shortly before they were married at Hendon in 1939.  Olwen remained a lifelong supporter of the Toffees – Everton Football Club, and even lived at one time on Everton Drive in Queensbury, Middlesex.

Fred worked for the De Haviland aero engine division in Middlesex for over 25 years, and Olwen was office manager for Rotoprint in Queensbury.  During this time Olwen and Fred spent many happy holidays with Olwen’s only brother Ken and his wife Norma, on the Adriatic coast.  Val was born in 1940 and Ken five years later.

In 1977 Olwen and Fred, with Ken, moved to Derbyshire and Olwen continued to put her cake decorating skills to good use at Homebake in Firs Parade, specialising in wedding and celebration cakes.  During her life Olwen made many wedding cakes for friends and family, and the one that gave her most pleasure was for her granddaughter’s wedding in 2009.  Sadly Fred died five years after the move in 1982.

Olwen was a founder member of Tansley Tuesday Club and had a wide circle of friends with who she spent many happy holidays.  She enjoyed attending ‘Cuppa Call-in’ at Holy Trinity Church on a Wednesday, was a regular passenger on the Community Bus’ into Matlock on a Thursday, and was often to be found on the ‘ladies table’ at ‘Soup & Sweet’ at this church on a Friday.

Olwen celebrated her 90th birthday with a large party for family and friends in the village hall, and was in reasonable health and good spirits for sometime thereafter.  However she became increasingly frail over last year and eventually went to stay in Ivanbrook  Nursing Home at Darley Bridge.  In June last year Olwen had a visit from her grandson Andrew, who lives in Australia, and from her great grandson Jamie while in Ivanbrook.  She celebrated her 98th birthday on the 27th of December, but was taken ill the following evening and after paramedics were called she was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, where she died the same evening. 

Apart from the last few months Olwen led an active life involved in many things.  When I retired and began attending Tansley Chapel there was a row of four ladies in their later years, and Olwen was the last of them.  She was a lovely lady with a ready smile, but she didn’t suffer fools gladly, and if she disapproved of something you had said or done, she would tell you in no uncertain times.  Ken said that when she called him Kenneth he knew he was in trouble!  But for all of that not only will she be missed by the family, but by all who knew her.

We continue to pray for the family at this time.


Tansley Celebrates Easter with Messy Church


Another great Messy Church event, this time Messy Easter. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it so much fun. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did
God Bless!



Giving thanks for the life of Mike Stanyon 1930-2014

Giving thanks for the life of – and saying a reluctant goodbye to – one of Tansley's true gentlemen

Mike StanyonMike Stanyon was Tansley Methodist’s regular Welcoming Steward. Frequent attendee of prayer groups, church events, coffee mornings and soup ‘n’ sweet. Our beloved friend. A dear man who will be missed by many
Taken from his eulogy
Mike was born on 22nd August 1930, in the relatively large Lincolnshire village of Ruskington, the middle of three children to Walter and Jenny Stanyon
A keen student, national service interfered with Mike’s plans for university and he found himself serving King and Country in the Royal Signals Corp; much of which was spent in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising
Following his ‘demob’ Mike spent two years Teacher Training in Leeds, where he met Anne. It was wonderful that they were able to celebrate sixty years of married life together on 14 August 2014, with their three children (Jane, Gill and Ian), five grandchildren and the extended family
Mike taught in Bedfordshire and finally at Beaconsfield, where he became the Head Teacher of ‘Becky Secy’, as it was affectionately called. It was during his time at Beaconsfield he obtained his BA degree from the Open University
Mike had a wide range of interests including Industrial Archaeology, Walking and Railways. Above all he had a strong Christian Faith and along with Anne a lifelong involvement in Church life, culminating in their commitment to the Methodist Church here in Tansley. He probably never knew the encouragement and influence his faith had on others but Mike and Anne’s involvement with the Church Youth Club and the annual weekend away was a great influence on their own son, Ian’s teenage years and gave him a foundation for his own Faith
Although a man of few words there are those who valued his wisdom in Fellowship Meetings and Bible study Groups. Mike’s ‘playing the Hoover’ at a Church concert caused great amusement and during a meal at a Chinese Restaurant on one occasion his jokes earned him the accolade of a ‘velly funny man’
Mike had a Christmas cracker sense of humour. He never lost that and only a few days before his death, when asked “what is the name of a donkey with only three legs?” he replied Eileen! which his family thought was even funnier than the official answer of Wobbly
There are many memories of Mike giving his ‘Tarzan’ impressions whilst wandering the Lakeland Fells. Family wondered whether some other fell walkers would be sitting around their pints in front of a warm Pub fire come the evening, discussing the possible explanation for the’ Phantom fell yodeller’
Mike loved walking and the family spent many happy hours together exploring National Parks and Coastal Paths as well as touring overseas in their camper van. Of course many holidays would be planned to include Steam Railways and Industrial Archaeological areas and retiring to Derbyshire gave him many more opportunities to indulge in these pastimes                                                                                                
Mike’s interest in Railways was probably aroused by the smell of steam on his father’s uniform, when he came home from working at the Ruskington Railway Station. It became an abiding interest and his knowledge of the railway network and stations was encyclopaedic
Moving to Tansley Mike soon became editor of the village ‘News Magazine’ and to his obvious delight became involved in the Steeple Grange Light Railway, assisting in reconstruction and maintenance of the track. On open days he would don his railway cap to exercise guard/conductor duties, blowing his father’s whistle, to send people off on journeys, includng the very special Santa Express train
Mike’s interests also included gardening and his small vegetable plot at ‘Oaktree Gardens’ produced a rich harvest which was amplified during his early retirement years by a small allotment. Some of you will remember being gifted bonus crop of courgettes and other goodies by Mike during Friday’s coffee morning in the Brunswick Rooms
Mike was a devoted family man and  his care and concern for his family was very evident. In recent years illness increased both Anne and Mike’s dependence on each other. It involved a considerable amount of travelling to visit each other during their spells in hospital and exceptional levels of love and care to support each other through surgeries and tough diagnosis. We are all deeply sorry for Anne’s immense loss
Full eulogy available on request. Please email Anne Stanyon
The Service of Thanksgiving for his full and active life was held at his local church, Tansley Methodist, on Tuesday 30th of December. As expected, it was extremely well attended
God bless you Mike Stanyon. Lovely, kind, funny man. We are very glad you are out of pain, but we will always miss you. May you rest in eternal peace

Noah’s Ark and Rainbows at Tansley Messy Church

Noahs Ark Messy Church

Today's Messy Church was all about God's promise to us, which we considered through Noah's Ark and Rainbows. Thank you to all the children (and parents) who put so much thought and effort into creating these great works of art. The paint blowing was very popular and a lot of fun was had by all
See you again soon
God Bless!

The Great Summer (Spring) Clean

You made a difference – thank you!

We would like to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers, who came along on Saturday to spring clean the kitchen, ready for our busy autumn and to paint the toilets. Many hands did indeed make light work. Thank you all!
The Big Spring Clean
God bless!

Can You Clean or Paint?

Calling anyone who can clean or paint to please help for a couple of hours during the morning of Saturday 9th and/or Saturday 16th August
It is necessary for the kitchen – which is very well used all year – to have a 'spring clean' in order to comply with all the current health and hygiene regulations. The kitchen team are asking for the help of any (reasonably) able-bodied folk to lend a hand on either Saturday 9th or Saturday 16th August from 9.00am to 12 midday.
It was also agreed that we would put a fresh coat of emulsion on the walls of both toilets to freshen them up before all the Meetings / Soup & Sweet / Messy Church etc get going again in September.
If you are able to wield either a paintbrush or a cleaning cloth please comment below, or put your name on either (or both) of the lists in the foyer
We will get as much as we can done on the 9th and finish off anything which is left on the 16th (hopefully!)
All helpers are guaranteed a constant supply of tea and coffee – and bacon butties if you're very good!!
Thank you ….love Chris

Tansley Messy Church Feeds the 5000

The theme of June's Messy Church was Feeding the 5000 – also known as the 'miracle of the five loaves and the two fish' Our children were invited to fish in play ponds and make their own bread.
We welcomed 21 children and their grown-ups. It was wonderful to see some familiar faces… and some new ones too.
If you're not familiar with the story, here is a fun video David Brown shared with the children

And here are some of our favourite photo memories of the afternoon – thank you to Russell Lane for being our event photographer

MessyChurch Jun14

Feedback after the event suggested this was our best Messy Church so far!
Thank you to all our helpers before and on the day. As ever, thank YOU for attending and making it fun!
We look forward to doing it all again soon
God Bless!